‘Together, we will’

Mayor Derek Kawakami has big plans for his first 100 days in office — among them, a round of internal audits to improve government performance, the creation of a new office to address problems facing the community and improving the government’s approach to customer service.

Council, in 5-2 vote, elects Kaneshiro chair

Arryl Kaneshiro was appointed Kauai County Council Chair, with Ross Kagawa as vice chair at the newly-elected council’s inaugural meeting Monday, despite pleas from some residents in attendance that Councilman Mason Chock be selected for one of those positions.

Governor seeking team players

Gov. David Ige and Lt. Gov.-Elect Josh Green are recruiting qualified and dedicated individuals who are interested in working for state government in various positions across Hawai‘i. In addition, the state is searching for individuals to serve on a variety of boards and commissions.

Kawakami names cabinet

Mayor-elect Derek Kawakami announced plans Thursday to replace a number of county government officials, including Managing Director Wallace Rezentes, who will now serve as deputy director of parks and recreation. His successor is former Planning Director Michael Dahilig.

Mayor-elect begins transition

Mayor-Elect Derek Kawakami has begun the transition process to assume leadership of county government on Dec. 3.

Cowden’s comeback

Felicia Cowden’s campaign party was over by the time she found out she snagged the last seat on the Kauai County Council.